Summary & Summits

Walk statistics Name of Summit Height (ft) Height (m) Grid Ref
Date - 20th February 2011 School Knott 760 231 SD 4254 9742
Map - OL7 Grandsire 818 249 SD 4321 9727
Distance - 6.25 miles Nameless summit 806 245 SD 4284 9672
Ascent - 950ft        
Start - Car park, Ings (SD 447 986)        


Walk Blog

It was a very misty and cold winter's day. Dad had planned to take us to Loweswater to do some of the few outstanding Birkett tops, but in view of the weather conditions, it was not worth the long drive, as would not have had any decent views. We told him, wait for the spring and the longer days. So instead it was decided stay local, and by doing these tops again, our pal Little Eric moved his Wainwright Outlyer total on. They lie just to the east of the town of Windermere, being very popular with locals for a pleasant stroll. We had done this walk more or less in 2006, and like then Dad decided to walk from Ings where there is plenty of parking in the large car park by the Little Chef.

As we arrived, Allen said, "well Dad, there is no problem finding somewhere for a snack after the walk."

We strolled through the tiny village passing the church and pub, then turned along the gated road to pass under the railway, and take the first path on the right, signed Whasdike. Half a mile over the fields, climbing a substantial stone step stile in the process, brought us to this farm. Following access track for a short distance, we then left it, to continue ahead and enter Schoolknott Plantation via a plank bridge and tall kissing gate. The path meandered through the bare trees, to a similar gate at the other side. School Knott rose up on the left, and Dad took the first path to ascend to the rocky outcrop of its summit. There should have been a superb view of Windermere and the high fells beyond, but such was the low cloud and mist, that today we could barely see the lake. Now following Wainwright's route in his book, we descended to the pretty School Knott tarn, crossing the outfall and stile beyond, to reach the bridleway to Hag End. Wainwright includes a nearby nameless summit and whilst this does not count towards the Outlyer challenge, we had done it before, so we had to do it again for Little Eric's sake. So, crossing the bridleway, we made a direct climb to the summit by the cross wall. As AW says, the rocky outcrop on the other side is probably higher, but the land is private, so as before, we sat on the wall for our picture. Returned to the bridleway, going right to pass through a gate, and immediately climbed left to gain the cairned top of Grandsire. Despite the modest height it was cold up here in the biting wind, so we did not linger too long out of the rucksack, after Dad had taken our picture. Just beyond a wall descends the fell and we followed this to regain the bridleway. Beyond the gate in the wall, we walked on to pass through Hag End Farm, where we saw some ducks. Then on along its access track to the road.

It would now have been a simple matter just to turn left and follow the road to Ings, but Dad decided to extend our walk, making for a more interesting day. Instead we went right to a building called Outrun Nook. Opposite, we took the gate in the wall along the Dales Way, following this past Crag House, to a junction of paths. Here we passed through the gate on the left to cross the field on a terraced path to another gate. Beyond the path climbed and wound its way through gorse bushes, to a junction of paths by a wood. The Dales Way went straight ahead by the wood, but here we turned left taking the bridleway leading to the house called Borwick Fold, approaching which we were followed by the sheep in the field, baaing loudly.

"They're saying hello to you Shaun", said Dad

"I'm not so sure Dad", he replied. "I think they are hoping you will get the camera out, as word must have got round how you are always taking pictures of sheep."

At the road, we walked right for a few yards, to then go left on a muddy footpath across the pasture, and via stiles into and out the end of some woodland. Beyond we descended the steep slope to the road. Turning left, this was followed back to the start. In Ings village we walked through the churchyard, so Dad could take a picture of the building.

A nice stroll and some exercise at least.

Dad was hungry (so what's new), so following Allen's suggestion he went to the Little Chef. Here he had orange juice, the Olympic breakfast and a pot of tea. So, duly fortified, he then drove us home.

"Thanks Dad, for doing these fells again so that I could tick them off", called out Little Eric, as we rode along.



Walk Scenes

The Watermill Inn at Ings. Reston Scar, above the nearby village of Staveley, rises behind the church tower larger image The sturdy stone step stile crossed on
the way to Whasdike Farm
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Plank bridge & tall kissing gate gives access to Schoolknott Plantation larger image

Schoolknott Tarn with the slopes of Grandsire above
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Posing for our picture at the summit of Grandsire larger image

Ducks a quacking at Hag End larger image


Blackfaced sheep poses for Dad larger image St Anne's Church, Ings larger image

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